SRM and vSphere upgrade order

I’ve been getting some questions about the correct SRM and vSphere upgrade order from our customers lately. The default order of any vSphere environment is to begin with the vCenter Server of course but the more products and thus complexity you add to your environment, the upgrade order may change. In a multisite … [Read more...]

Can I select VSAN as my placeholder datastore with SRM?

Advertise here with BSAI received a question today about SRM, vSphere Replication and VSAN. The current documentation for SRM says the following: Do not select as placeholder datastores any datastores that you use as the replication target datastore for vSphere Replication. The question was, what about when using VSAN? … [Read more...]

VMworld 2015: Site Recovery Manager 6.1 announced

Advertise here with BSAThis week Site Recovery Manager 6.1 was announced. There are many enhancements in SRM 6.1 like the integration with NSX for instance and policy driven protection, but personally I feel that support for stretched storage is huge. When I say stretched storage I am referring to solutions like EMC … [Read more...]

What’s New in VMware SRM 6.1?

As you all know VMworld US 2015 is in a full swing right now and more and more news comes out every day. Yesterday VMware published a whitepaper with technical overview of the new features in VMware SRM 6.1 so let’s have a quick look! Storage Profile Based Protection Site Recovery Manager 6.1 adds a new type of … [Read more...]

How to upgrade Site Recovery Manager 5.8 to version 6.0

The Site Recovery Manager 6.0 has been released for a while now so it is a good time to have a look at the upgrade process since the original release build also received a patch in April 2015. Before we jump into the upgrade process, let’s have a quick look at what’s new in Site Recovery Manager 6.0. Support for VMware … [Read more...]

What is new in VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.0

Early February 2015 VMware announced Site Recovery Manager 6.0. This release has only one new feature besides  being supported on vSphere 6.0 The VMware Storage DRS and SRM teams have been working together to prevent situations where a VM could be moved by Storage DRS to a datastore which is not protected by SRM array … [Read more...]

Back to Basics – SRM – Part 7: Migration & Failover

In the previous part we created, configured and tested a recovery plan. In this part we will perform a planned migration and a disaster recovery from the Protected Site to the Recovery Site to simulate a disaster recovery scenario. But first, let’s define both scenarios once again. What is a planned migration? “Planned … [Read more...]

Back to Basics – SRM – Part 6: Recovery Plans

In the previous part we’ve created and configured protection groups in Site Recovery Manager. In this part of the SRM mini-series we will have a closer look at the recovery plans that can be configured through the vSphere Web Client in the Site Recovery Manager. Create Recovery Plans On the Protected Site, open the … [Read more...]

Back to Basics – SRM – Part 5: Protection Groups

In the previous part we configured the inventory mappings in the Site Recovery Manager to map the resources at the Protected Site to the resources at the Recovery Site. In this part of the SRM mini-series we will go deeper on the protection groups that can be configured in SRM. A protection group is a […] The … [Read more...]

Back to Basics – SRM – Part 4: Inventory Mappings

In the previous part, we had a look at the virtual machine replication options that are available in the vSphere Replication from the vSphere Web Client. This part of the SRM mini-series will go deeper on the inventory mappings that can be configured in SRM. So basically, the inventory mappings provide a convenient way … [Read more...]